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Vance Joseph, John Elway quotes lift the fog on the Broncos QB battle

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Their quotes to CBSSports’ Pete Prisco leave no doubt where Denver is leaning on who will be the starter.

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There are times words give us a crystal-clear image of the world we fail to see.

In a deep fog, words serve as the fan that blows away the clouds of uncertainty. When that fog finally lifts, we think, “Wow, how did I miss this?”

This is one of those times. In that time, it’s best the words speak for themselves to give us all that needed clarity.

Here are quotes from Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph and president of football operations/general manager John Elway. They were given to Pete Prisco with CBSSports, and they’re on the quarterback battle between Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian.

"I don't want to manage the game," Joseph told Prisco. "I want to score points. I don't want to go into games where the defense has to get a shutout. I want to go into games where we're scoring points and playing good defense. I don't like that manage-the-game stuff with the quarterbacks."

In another quote to Prisco, Joseph added, “I want to have an explosive offense.”

Finally, Elway ended with this to Prisco:

"Hopefully, one of them stands out when we go forward. You have to try and project who has the highest ceiling. If it doesn't show it itself (a clear winner), those factors all go into the decision."

Some fans may not want to believe/hear that Siemian is a “game manager,” but that’s what he is. That’s what he was last season. Although Prisco believes Siemian is the "steadier option" and considers him in a slight lead in this competition, those quotes by Joseph and Elway are the antithesis of Siemian.

Over the first six practices of Denver’s training camp, there’s been one quarterback who makes those quotes come to life. In other words, it’s clear the quarterback they’re referencing is Lynch.

Let’s just say there is no longer a fog over this Broncos “QB battle.”